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Facts and Figures: Canucks tie team record for goals in home opener

Miller has first four-point game of NHL career; Eichel powers Sabres to OT win

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Canucks score twice in 42 seconds

LAK@VAN: Hughes, Sutter score 42 seconds apart

Quinn Hughes scores his first NHL goal on the power play and Brandon Sutter nets a one-timer 42 seconds later to give the Canucks a 2-0 lead

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The Vancouver Canucks matched their record for most goals in a home opener by defeating the Los Angeles Kings 8-2 at Rogers Arena on Wednesday.

After the Canucks introduced center Bo Horvat as their new captain, they tied the record set against the Colorado Rockies (8-2) on Oct. 11, 1978 and matched against the St. Louis Blues (8-2) on Oct. 8, 1987. It was the fourth time in the past decade that the Canucks scored at least eight goals in any game.

J.T. Miller, acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 22, had four points (one goal, three assists) for the first four-point game of his NHL career. He tied the Canucks record for points in a home opener; Greg Adams scored four goals and Tony Tanti had four assists to power the win against St. Louis in 1987. 

Rookie defenseman Quinn Hughes (19 years, 360 days) opened the scoring at 5:26 of the first period with his first NHL goal. He is the youngest Canucks defenseman to score a goal since J.J Daigneault (19 years, 176 days) at Los Angeles on April 6, 1985.

Video: LAK@VAN: Hughes blasts PPG home for first career goal

 

Eichel powers Sabres to OT win against Canadiens

Jack Eichel completed his sixth NHL game with at least four points by setting up Marcus Johansson's goal at 1:30 of overtime, giving the Buffalo Sabres a 5-4 win against the Montreal Canadiens at KeyBank Center.

The Sabres (3-0-1) have points in each of their first four games for the first time since starting 4-0-1 in 2009-10. It's the sixth time since entering the NHL in 1970 that Buffalo has started the season with a point streak of at least four games.

Eichel assisted on a first-period power-play goal by Victor Olofsson and scored two goals in the second period before assisting on Johansson's OT winner

Rasmus Dahlin, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, has at least one point in each of Buffalo's four games this season. The 19-year-old's seven points (one goal, six assists) this season are the most by a teenage defenseman through his team's first four games to begin a season in NHL history. Two teenage defensemen in NHL history, Drew Doughty (2009-10) and Larry Murphy (1980-81), each with Los Angeles, have had a longer season-opening point streak than Dahlin. 

Olofsson's goal was the sixth of his NHL career, all on the power play. The seventh-round pick (No. 181) of the 2014 NHL Draft is the third player in history to score at least six power-play goals through the first 10 games of his NHL career. The others: Teemu Selanne of the Winnipeg Jets (seven in 10 games in 1992-93) and Real Cloutier of the Quebec Nordiques (six in 10 games in 1979-80).

Video: MTL@BUF: Johansson buries PPG for overtime winner

 

Flyers celebrate return to North America with shutout by Hart

Carter Hart became the youngest goalie in Philadelphia Flyers history to have a shutout when he made 25 saves in a 4-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center. 

Hart (21 years, 57 days) is the eighth NHL goalie aged 21 or younger to win each of his team's first two games of a season; none of the seven previous streaks extended to three wins. The Flyers won their season opener by defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in the 2019 NHL Global Series in Prague, Czech Republic on Oct. 4.

Travis Konecny had a goal and assist for his second multipoint outing in as many games. He's the first Flyers player to have consecutive multipoint games to begin a season since Daniel Briere and Simon Gagne started 2007-08 with three in a row.

 

Oilers-Devils game to feature five players taken No. 1 in NHL Draft

Five players selected with the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft are expected to play when the Edmonton Oilers face the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET: ESPN+, MSG+, SNW, NHL.TV) in one of 11 games on the schedule.

The five, all forwards, are New Jersey's Taylor Hall (2010, by Edmonton), Nico Hischier (2017) and Jack Hughes (2019), and Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) and Connor McDavid (2015).

This will be the 35th time in NHL history that five players taken with the first pick of the draft have skated in the same game. The last time it happened was Dec. 2, 2017, when the Devils (Hischier, Hall) faced the Colorado Avalanche (center Nathan MacKinnon, 2013; forward Nail Yakupov, 2012 [by Edmonton]; defenseman Erik Johnson, 2006).

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